Under-17 World Cup Cameroon coach had originally called the player up
Etienne Eto’o has been prevented from participating at the Under-17 World Cup with Cameroon as a direct result of a 2014 presidential decree that is active in the African country.
Having followed in his father’s footsteps, Eto’o had previously been called up to the squad for a friendly match, but due to his affiliation with Real Mallorca, he will not be able to represent his nation in Brazil.
In September 2014, Paul Biya, the president of Cameroon since 1982, signed a decree that prohibited the under-17 and under-15 national teams of the country from including any player who was playing his football outside of the country itself.
Cameroon coach Thomas Libiih had previously lobbied for the decree to be changed in a letter to the president of the Cameroon Football Federation, Seidou Mbombo Njoya, but nothing was done.
Eto’o isn’t the only player to be impacted by the ruling, with Barel Fotso of Roma also having been called up for the tournament, even going as far as to travel to Brazil, but he will not be permitted to play.